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Brown University (RI) - TT Asst. Professor - Comparative Literature and Modern Japanese or Chinese Literature[]

The department of comparative literature at Brown university seeks a scholar of comparative literature and modern Japanese or Chinese literature at the rank of assistant professor (tenure track). Ph.D. must be completed by the time of employment or firmly expected. Native or near-native fluency in Japanese or Chinese, and English, is required. The field of specialization within the modern period is open. Candidates in their application should outline their current and future research in comparative literature and modern Japanese or Chinese literature, and make suggestions for courses at introductory and advanced levels. Demonstrated excellence in both scholarship and teaching is essential. Please submit complete dossier, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, dissertation abstract, sample of scholarly writing, and three letters of recommendation, online at the link above by November 15, 2018. Review of applications will begin then; however, applications received after that date may be considered until the position is filled. Please also indicate whether you will attend the MLA in January 2019. Brown university is an AA/EEO employer.

Apply online:

MLA JIL 9/14/18


Carleton University (ON) - TT Assistant Professor of Film Studies, Asian Cinema and Media Cultures[]

Field of Specialization: Film Studies, Asian Cinema and Media Cultures. Academic Unit: Studies in Art and Culture. Category of Appointment:  Preliminary (Tenure-Track). Rank/Position Title:  Assistant Professor. Start Date:  July 1, 2019. Closing Date: Consideration of applications will begin on September 15, 2018 [Extended to October 15] and will continue until the position is filled.

About the Position: Carleton University’s Film Studies program, located in the School for Studies in Art and Culture, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning July 1, 2019. This posting is directed towards specialists in Asian cinema and media cultures, with a preference for scholars of Japanese cinema. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses at all year levels, as well as MA-level seminars, and also to supervise graduate theses. Although Carleton Film Studies does not include a PhD program, students have the option of applying to do doctoral work on film-related subjects under the supervision of Film Studies faculty members, through Carleton’s Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture.

About the Academic Unit: Carleton Film Studies offers three- and four-year undergraduate degrees and an MA program. Its faculty members have outstanding research expertise in various national and transnational cinemas, in film history, and in film theory. The program recently celebrated its fortieth anniversary, and is building on a long history of research and teaching success. See:

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D., an active commitment to scholarship as reflected in publications, and a demonstrated level of excellence in teaching.

Application Instructions: Complete applications, including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, sample publications, and a teaching dossier (a brief teaching statement and sample course outlines), and the names and contact information of three referees, should be sent electronically to Dr Brian Foss, Director, School for Studies in Art and Culture, at Initial screening of applications will begin on September 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University: Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 29,000 students, 950 academic faculty, and 2,000 staff and more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking enabling minds to connect, discover and generate transformative knowledge. We are proud to be one of the most accessible campuses in North America. Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada.

Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s capital city has a population of almost one million and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital provides many opportunities for scholarship and research with groups and institutions that reflect the diversity of the country. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary.  Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be taken into careful consideration.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.

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Case Western Reserve University (OH) - TT Assistant Professor of Japanese (Open)[]

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Japanese starting Fall 2019. Specialization is open but successful candidates must show a strong potential for research. The course load is 2:2; in addition to teaching in one’s own specialty, the candidate will also be expected to teach Japanese language, literature, and culture at all levels. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role by helping to further develop our thriving Japanese Studies Program in addition to participating in the common work of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures faculty. Credentials: Ph.D., evidence of excellence in undergraduate language teaching, and native/near-native language ability both in Japanese and English. Please send all application materials (letter of interest, current CV, a writing sample of one’s research, a current or recent teaching-demo video of elementary and/or intermediate Japanese language [CD, youtube, etc.]), student teaching evaluations, and three letters of reference (sent directly from the referees or a university placement service) electronically to Review of the applications will begin October 22, 2018. Support for this position is provided in part by a Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant.

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UPDATES: 11/22 - contacted for Skype interview

Colby College (ME) - TT Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature[]

The Department of East Asian Studies at Colby College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature starting Fall 2019. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Japanese with a specialty in literature, cultural studies, film studies, or related fields. We are looking for native or near-native proficiency both in spoken and written Japanese and English; and evidence of excellence in teaching language to a diverse student population. Teaching responsibilities include Japanese language (beginning through advanced level) and the candidate’s area of specialty. The teaching load is 4.5 a year.

Interested applicants should send: (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) sample syllabi (one language course and one literature course); (5) teaching evaluation (both language and literature courses if available); (6) a statement of current and future research interest; and (7) three letters of recommendations via interfolio at the following link:

Review of applications will begin October 25 and will continue until the position is filled.


UPDATES: Informed that hire was made

Connecticut College (CT) - TT Open-rank Position in Transnational and Transcultural Japan Studies[]

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Connecticut College invites applications for a full-time, open-rank tenured or tenure-track faculty position in transnational and transcultural Japan studies within the broader contexts of East Asian and global studies, beginning July 1, 2019.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies or a related field at the time of application and demonstrate excellence and experiences in both research and teaching. Areas of specialization are flexible, although we are particularly interested in hiring a Japan specialist who is also well-versed cross-disciplinarily in fields such as Korean studies, gender and ethnic studies, religious studies, environmental studies, or film and media studies. Preferences will be given to teacher-scholars showing native or near-native proficiency in both Japanese and English, and those who are flexible and accommodating in their course offerings.

Teaching load is five courses per year, including the gateway course East Asian Studies 101 and other required courses for our majors and minors, as well as electives to be determined by the new hire in consultation with the department. The new member is expected to be an enthusiastic and creative collaborator with colleagues within and beyond the department.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest; an updated curriculum vitae; sample publication or thesis chapter; two sample syllabi, including a course for EAS majors; and student evaluations; and three confidential letters of recommendation to Interfolio: Review of applications begins November 27, 2018.


UPDATES: Anything on this? Short list completed?

  • Hire was eventually made for this one

Earlham College (IN) - TT Asst. Professor of Japanese Studies[]

Earlham College invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies, a tenure-track position. The position in the Japanese Studies Program begins in July 2019.

The College's hope is to find a colleague with expertise in the Visual and Performing Arts or the Humanities who is committed to helping to foster an innovative Japanese Studies program that is diverse and inclusive. The Program is particularly interested in candidates who can teach courses in pre-modern or modern Japanese literature and whose courses intersect with existing programs in the Humanities or Visual and Performing Arts.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities: This is a full-time, nine-month position that includes a teaching load of three courses per semester. In addition to teaching courses in their area of expertise, the successful candidate is expected to share teaching of the Program’s core courses Introduction to the Study of Japan and Senior Capstone Experience. Candidates whose teaching and scholarship relate to literature, visual and performing arts, art history, film and media studies, or popular or visual culture of Japan are highly encouraged to apply. Language teaching is not expected as part of this position. In addition to teaching, the successful candidate is expected to be actively involved with institutional committees, academic advising, and leading off-campus study programs. Finally, the successful candidate should carry on active scholarship focusing on Japan or East Asia.

Experience & Qualifications: Candidates with an earned doctorate are preferred, though ABD candidates will be considered provided they can demonstrate significant progress towards completion of the dissertation. The successful candidate’s research and teaching should focus on Japan, but candidates whose scholarship and teaching include additional East Asian geographical or cultural contexts, especially those related to China, are welcome. The College is especially interested in candidates from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations who can contribute to the diversity, inclusion and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and service. Earlham seeks an individual who is committed to effective teaching, the liberal arts, and Earlham College’s Principles and Practices.

Japanese Studies at Earlham College: Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Earlham emphasizes the pursuit of truth, lack of coercion, respect for others, openness to new truth, integrity and application of what is known to improving our world.

The College has one of the oldest and best-known undergraduate programs in the country for the study of Japan. About 9% of Earlham students enroll in Japanese language study, and each year 15 - 20 students study in Japan through one of Earlham’s two related off-campus programs. For more information, visit the Institute for Education on Japan website.

Application Instructions: A complete application will include the following: Letter of application explaining how the candidate meets qualifications; Curriculum vitae; Statement of teaching philosophy; A statement of 300 to 500 words describing your ability to contribute to the advancement of diversity and inclusion at Earlham College; Three letters of reference.

Application materials 1-4 should be sent by email in a single PDF file to: Mary Owens, Japanese Studies Coordinator:

Candidates should arrange for references (materials 5) to send their letters separately to: Mary Owens, Japanese Studies Coordinator:

For more information, contact: Search Chairperson Eric J Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies:

Review of applications will begin on October 22, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.



  • Any updates on this one? Interviews already held?
  • [3/5] received formal rejection letter, addressed to the wrong candidate lol

Indiana University (IN) - TT Assistant Professor, Modern Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies[]

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in Indiana University's School of Global and International Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and cultural studies. The successful candidate will contribute to the undergraduate and graduate programs of the department. Teaching load is two courses per semester.

Basic Qualifications

The successful candidate will be able to work across arts and humanities disciplines and have expertise in one or more of the following areas: modern and contemporary Japanese literature, film, popular culture, and media studies. Candidates must have a doctoral degree or clear indication that the degree will be in hand by July 31, 2019 and a strong research record.

Department Contact for Questions

Questions regarding the position or application process may be directed to Prof. Edith Sarra, Chair, Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies Search Committee, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Global and International Studies Building 2035, 355 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-1105, or via e-mail at:

Additional Qualifications

We especially encourage those scholars to apply whose work cuts across genres and media.

Salary and Rank Tenure Track position; Compensation to be competitive.

Special Instructions: Interested candidates should submit a letter of application describing academic preparation, current research and future research plans; CV; three letters of recommendation; official transcripts of graduate studies; a 25-30 page writing sample; and two syllabi, one in the area of specialization and one in a survey literature or cultural-studies content course for undergrads at: .

All applications received by November 9, 2018 are guaranteed full consideration.

UPDATES: Never heard anything, ever, or saw any signs of interviews (4/21)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (ISR) - TT Open Rank Position in Japanese Studies[]

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites applications for a tenure-track position in (open rank) in Japanese Studies in the Department of Asian Studies. The position is open to all candidates who have attained a Ph.D. degree or to advanced graduate students who expect to be granted their Ph.D. no later than July 1, 2019.

Job requirements: The position is open for all fields of Japanese Studies. Candidates must exhibit the ability to conduct high-quality academic research which draws on Japanese-language sources. Knowledge of other Asian languages is an advantage.

The position is open to individuals who hold a doctorate degree and for advanced doctoral students whose Ph.D. will be conferred no later than July 1, 2019.

Responsibilities include the teaching of required and elective courses in the candidate's field(s) of specialization (at B.A. and M.A. degree levels). Successful candidates are expected to conduct independent and original research at the highest academic level, demonstrate academic leadership, compete for Israeli and international research grants and have the ability to cooperate with colleagues within the Faculty of Humanities and beyond.

Where pertinent and in accordance with inter-departmental needs, a joint departmental appointment or teaching sharing arrangement may be considered, combining with one of several departments and cognate areas of study in the Humanities.

The Hebrew University's main language of instruction is Hebrew. Nonetheless, the possibility of teaching one or more graduate courses in English may be entertained. Candidates whose Hebrew proficiency is such that they would not be comfortable teaching in Hebrew will be encouraged to master the Hebrew language sufficiently during the initial years following their appointment.

Qualified candidates will be invited for a campus visit, which will include a job talk, an interview and meetings with department members.

For additional details, please contact the department chair, Dr. Orna Naftali, at, or the Head of the Japan Section of the Department of Asian Studies, Prof. Nissim Otmazgin, at

The Department of Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the oldest in Israel and is one of the biggest departments in the Faculty of Humanities, home to over 300 students specializing in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indian Studies. The department is characterized by its excellence in research and teaching, and it maintains an environment of cooperation between students and faculty in a wide array of extracurricular activities. To read more about the department, visit:

Candidates are requested to apply in writing to: Professor Dror Wahrman, Dean of the Faculty of Humanit

Applicants should provide: (1) Cover letter (2) Confirmation of receipt of degree (3) Curriculum Vitae (Please use – CV form) (4) Current list of publications (Please use - List of Publication form) (5) 2-3 page statement of research plans + a statement of teaching plans (6) Teaching evaluations (from the past three years) (7) Two representative publications (8) Letters of recommendation up to three referees sent directly by the recommender (9) Relatives Declaration (click here)

Complete applications must be submitted by 13 September 2018

Applications can be submitted at:


Kanagawa University (JAPAN) - 2 Open Rank Faculty Positions[]

Kanagawa University  (position starts in 2020) Kanagawa University in Yokohama, Japan, invites applications for two full-time, open-rank faculty positions in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies, part of a new Faculty of International and Japan Studies that will be established in 2020. Appointments will begin April 1, 2020.

We seek applicants pursuing the following research specializations:

1) Japanese History;
2) Japanese Art History;
3) Japanese Religious Studies;
4) Japanese Visual Media Studies.

Native- or near-native-level English ability is required.

Duties will include the teaching of an English-language course in the specialization area, as well as general English courses. Appointees will also be able to offer seminars related to their area of specialization. Native-level speakers of a European language (other than English, French or German) or an Asian language (other than Japanese) who are able to instruct students in that language will be given priority. Japanese ability sufficient for carrying out administrative duties is required of all applicants. Applicants must have completed the PhD by time of appointment, or be able to show evidence of equivalent research accomplishments.

For a detailed list of materials to be submitted when applying, the address to which applications should be sent, and further information regarding the positions, please view the Japanese-language announcement at Materials must arrive by post by August 5, 2018.

Salary is competitive; precise salary level, which is linked to appointee experience, will be determined according to university guidelines. In accordance with common practice at Japanese institutions, all ranks of these open-rank positions can be understood as tenured. For more information, please contact Christian Ratcliff .

Information about this and other positions starting in 2020 for scholars of Japan and Japanese-speaking scholars in both the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies and the Faculty of International and Japan Studies in Japanese as a Foreign Language (Nihongo), Japanese Language (Kokugo), Japanese Visual Culture, Tourism Studies, and Media and Language Studies can be found at .


Oakland University (MI) - TT Assistant Professor of Japanese[]

Tenure- track position in Japanese with a specialty in literature, cultural studies, film studies, or equivalent. The qualifications for this position include: Ph.D. in Japanese (language & literature) or equivalent, by August 15, 2019; native or near-native proficiency in both Japanese and English; a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching; demonstrated ability to teach language (beginner through advanced levels); ability to teach specialized courses such as translation, business Japanese, a literature capstone course for majors, or an English-language introduction to Japan; and demonstrated willingness to perform departmental, college and university service. Candidates must demonstrate experience with or a commitment to diversity and inclusion. We will conduct interviews at the 2019 meeting of the MLA in Chicago.

For first consideration, application packets should be uploaded to the online system by November 15, 2018, and include: 1) CV, 2) cover letter, 3) teaching philosophy, 4) unofficial transcripts; 5) Diversity Statement. References (3 required) will be contacted to upload the letter of reference directly.

For further information, contact Stephen Filler, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, 372 O’Dowd Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309. Oakland University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. <>

MLA JIL 9/14/18


Princeton University (NJ) - Professor, Contemporary East Asia (incl. Japan)[]

Princeton University seeks qualified candidates for a tenured full professorship in any discipline in the humanities, social sciences, engineering and the natural sciences. In addition to their core disciplinary specialization, candidates are required to have regional competence on China, Japan, or Korea, and knowledge of relevant foreign languages. Field of specialization is open. Applicants should apply online at:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Senior scholars should submit a brief letter of interest along with a curriculum vitae and a list of references. No publications, letters of recommendation or writing samples are required at this time. For fullest consideration, please apply by October 3, 2018. Essential Qualifications: Excellence in a recognized discipline. Regional expertise and linguistic competence in Contemporary East Asia. Further questions about this position may be directed to Nicole Bergman at This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


San José State University (CA) - TT Assistant Professor - Japanese Language, Literature and Culture[]

San José State University, San José, California. ANNOUNCEMENT OF POSITION AVAILABILITY Subject to Budgetary Approval

Specialization: Japanese Language, Literature and Culture. Job Opening ID (JOID): 24714. Rank: Assistant Professor.

Qualifications: Required: Ph.D. in Japanese literature, Japanese linguistics, Japan studies, Japanese as a foreign language, or a related field); native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English; evidence of superior teaching and scholarly achievement or promise. Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

Strongly desired: Ability to teach one or all of the following: Japanese linguistics, translation/interpretation, and/or culture courses such as cinema/animation studies and Japanese business; ability to teach calligraphy and Sumie. Knowledge and experience in teaching online courses. Knowledge of another Asian language a plus.

Responsibilities: Teach upper-division literature and culture courses in Japanese and English, as well as all levels of Japanese language (a typical teaching load is 12 units per semester). Collaborate in the ongoing development of technology-mediated instruction in the Japanese program. Academic assignment will include advising and recruitment of students, grant application/fundraising, and appropriate committee work. A strong record of scholarly publications in the candidate’s discipline is necessary for tenure and promotion. Candidate must address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Starting Date: August, 2019 Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure: For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by Nov. 2, 2018 to or for more information please contact Damian Bacich, Chair, Department of World Languages and Literatures,

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.


Contacted for Skype interview (11/20)

University of British Columbia (CAN) - TT Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese Popular Culture[]

The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Modern Japanese Popular Culture. Expertise in visual narrative culture (manga, anime, games, film) and a relevant discipline such as media studies, critical theory, or cultural studies preferred. Applicants should demonstrate a strong engagement with popular culture theory, and are expected to have native or near native proficiency in both Japanese and English.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field or expect to have successfully defended the dissertation before July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence or strong potential in research and undergraduate and graduate teaching and to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision, and service. Information about the Department can be found on its website,

The application dossier should include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, one writing sample (maximum 30 pages), two sample course syllabi, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent separately. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 5, 2018. The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2019. All application materials should be submitted online at

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


University of California, Irvine (CA) - Open Rank - Japanese Environmental Humanities Position[]

The Department of East Asian Studies invites applications for an open rank position in Japanese Environmental Humanities, appointment to begin 1 July 2019. Discipline is open to Japanese cinema, literature, philosophy, history, theater, anthropology, visual studies, political thought, or any field that uses Japanese texts to study the relation between nature and society, science and politics, the material and the ideal. Teaching responsibilities include lectures and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate level, plus graduate advising. This hire is supported by a Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant and part of a campus initiative to 1) establish UC Irvine as a major center for Environment and Sustainability Studies within the field of Japanese Studies and 2) launch a 4+1 MA program in Japanese within the Department of EAS. The successful candidate will have a compelling research profile and strong leadership skills. A Ph.D. is required.

The department will begin reviewing applications November 13, 2018. Applications should be submitted electronically at The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


University of California, San Diego (CA) - TT Assistant Professor in Inter-Asian and Transpacific Studies[]

The Department of Literature within the Division of Arts & Humanities at the University of California, San Diego ( is committed to excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body and seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor in Inter-Asia and Transpacific Studies. The candidate must have a PhD degree in literature, film, cultural studies, or related field by the time of the appointment. More specifically, we seek a colleague whose innovative research examines two or more Asian/Pacific/American countries/territories in the modern and/or contemporary period. Preference will be given to a candidate who uses two or more languages (in addition to English) in her/his research. Another preference is a comparatist with proven interdisciplinary, crossmedia research skills.

Ideal candidates should have an excellent record of publication, teaching, and service, as well as demonstrable interest in working within a world literature department with a focus on critical theory, social justice, and cultural, ethnic, and gender studies, where faculty members work in multiple languages, geographies, and historical periods. The candidates are also expected to enhance a campus-wide cluster of excellence in Transpacific Asian Studies and collaborate with Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Transnational Korean Studies, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, History, Sociology, and Global Policy and Strategy (GPS).

We welcome candidates with demonstrated excellence in college-level teaching. Candidates will be expected to teach a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in literature, film, and culture. In addition to specialized seminars, the successful candidate should also be prepared to teach large enrollment courses in Asian cultures for non-majors. 

Preferred candidates should contribute or demonstrate promise in contributions to advancing equity and diversity, such as leadership in teaching, mentoring, research or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly and artistic environment and programs that foster inclusion and access for historically underrepresented groups. Salary and level of appointment are based on qualifications and UC pay scale. Proof of authorization to work in the U. S. will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1985). 

Closing Date: October 31, 2018


Does anyone have updates on this one? (12/12)

Nope. Anyone? :) (12/17)

University of Rhode Island (RI) - TT Assistant Professor of Japanese []

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rhode Island invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Japanese with specialization in Japanese language teaching to begin Fall 2019.

The successful candidate will provide critical support in teaching, research and service to the university’s growing Japanese language program as well as program development for the Japanese language track of the various URI dual degree programs, including the International Engineering Program, International Business Program, International Computer Science Program and the International Studies and Diplomacy Program.

Job Applications must be submitted online at The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by November 15, 2018. Second consideration will be given to applications received by November 30, 2018.


Contacted for Skype interview (11/22)

University of Virginia (VA) - TT Assistant or Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature[]

The Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Virginia invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as an assistant or associate professor of modern Japanese literature concentrating on any period between the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries. We especially encourage those whose research or teaching interests also involve film, popular culture and media studies. Responsibilities include advising and two undergraduate courses per semester. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. The anticipated start date is August 25, 2019.

To apply, visit (Posting# 0623991). Complete a Candidate Profile online and submit the following: an application letter outlining current and planned research; CV; a chapter-length writing sample; a teaching statement; course evaluations (if available); and two syllabi addressing the candidate's area(s) of expertise in one content survey and one fourth-year language seminar (as other 1 and 2). Please also arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to Ms. Jean Blackwell, Administrative Supervisor, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4781 or via email to

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Gustav Heldt, Modern Japanese Literature Search Committee Chair, at For questions regarding the application process, please contact Ms. Savanna Galambos, Faculty Search Advisor, at

UVA assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more please visit For more information about UVA and the surrounding area, please visit The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


1/10: Rejection letter received (not interviewed)

Wake Forest University (NC) - TT Assistant Professor, Japanese Studies[]

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Wake Forest University is seeking to fill a tenure-track position in Japanese to begin Fall 2019.

Position Description: The responsibilities include teaching all levels of Japanese language, Japanese literature, culture and film, as well as classes in the candidate's specific research areas. Applicants must have a PhD in Japanese literature, culture, or a related field, and native or near-native fluency in English and Japanese, and are expected to have a strong commitment to both teaching and research.

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, and three letters of recommendation. A digital recording that demonstrates the applicant's teaching ability in a classroom setting, not to exceed 20 minutes, is suggested. Applicants may upload their recordings to their preferred streaming service (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) and submit the hyperlink to these recordings (including a password, if the recordings are secure) with application materials. Technical questions regarding the online application system should be directed to: For questions about the position, contact Alessandra Von Burg, Review of applications will begin on October 31 and continue until the position is filled.

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Yale University (CT) - Open-Rank - Japanese Literature (1600-present - 2 Positions)[]

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University seeks to hire two scholars in the field of Japanese literary study who concentrate in any period from 1600 to the present. We encourage applications from scholars with any area of specialization, including those whose work traverses multiple East Asian languages and/or is comparative in method. This is an open-rank search, with appointment at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications. Duties include teaching and advising at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

More information on the department can be found at For questions about the position, please contact Professor Aaron Gerow (, Chair of the Search Committee. Administrative questions should be directed to Maura Turner (

For non-tenured appointments, submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, dissertation or book abstract, teaching statement, a chapter-length writing sample prepared for anonymous reading, and three letters of references. For tenured appointments, submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, writing sample, and three letters of references.

Submit applications through Interfolio: Review of applications will begin on October 12, 2018, and will continue until the positions are filled.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, faculty, and staff. Applications from women, members of minority groups, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are particularly welcome.


Tenure Track, Premodern[]

University of Colorado Boulder (CO) - TT Assistant Professor - Early and Classical Japanese Literature and Culture[]

The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Early and Classical Japanese Literature and Culture to begin August 2019. Candidates must have a PhD in Japanese literature or a related field, as well as a minimum of one year of research experience in one or more of the following areas: poetry and poetics; diary or other prose literature; gender and narrative theory in Heian literature and visual culture, and/or related areas. Research experience may have been obtained during doctoral studies. ABD candidates will be considered. However, if the PhD degree is not conferred by August 19, 2019, the candidate will be appointed initially as an instructor. Job duties include teaching courses in Japanese literature and culture to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as service to the university.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Visiting and/or Non-TT Positions[]

Albion College (MI) - Visiting Instructor of Japanese Language. []

Visiting Instructor of Japanese Language. Full-time, non-tenure track, one-year appointment beginning August 2019, with chance of renewal. Ph.D. preferred, ABD or Masters considered. Native or near-native fluency and demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college-level required. 2/2 teaching load. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation to Emmanuel Yewah, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, Albion College, Albion, MI 49224. Electronic submissions welcome ( Priority will be given to complete applications received before May 25.

Albion College is a private liberal arts college of approximately 1300 students. It is situated in a culturally diverse community in south-central Michigan within an hour's drive of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Western Michigan University. Albion is dedicated to the highest quality in undergraduate education and committed to diversity as a core institutional value. The College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability, as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. For more information about Albion College, please visit

Boston University (MA) - Full-Time Lecturer in Japanese[]

Boston University’s Department of World Languages & Literatures invites applications for a full-time lecturer in Japanese beginning July 1, 2019, renewable based on satisfactory performance. Responsibilities will include teaching all levels of Japanese language and collaborating with faculty in related fields across campus. Requirements include an M.A. (at minimum) in Japanese linguistics, language pedagogy, second-language acquisition, or a relevant field; native or near-native command of Japanese and English; commitment to a proficiency-based communicative curriculum; demonstrated excellence in college-level Japanese language teaching; leadership and administrative ability; familiarity with the North American higher education system; and experience using technology in the language classroom. The successful candidate will join a growing and vibrant community of scholars of Japan and of the world's languages, literatures, and cultures. The position is in a professional career track with possibility of growth.

Please submit a letter of application, CV, one-page statement of teaching philosophy, two sample syllabi, and a link to a teaching video to AcademicJobsOnline. Three confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted as well. Applications submitted through a website other than AcademicJobsOnline will not be considered. If electronic submission is not possible, send materials by postal mail to Japanese Lecturer Search, Department of World Languages & Literatures, 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries to Emi Yamanaka at

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University of California, Santa Barbara - Visiting Assistant Professor EAST 2019-2020[]

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2019-2020 academic year.

We seek applicants with expertise in Japanese literature from the Meiji Period to the present and Japanese film from a cultural studies perspective. We seek candidates with active research agendas who will participate in research activities in the department and be available to graduate students with relevant topics. The candidate will be expected to teach five courses related to their expertise and to advanced language training: Survey of Modern Japanese Literature, Topics in Modern Japanese Literature (topics to be chosen by the candidate), Japanese Cinema, and two classes of advanced Japanese readings (readings to be chosen by the candidate) or one class of advanced Japanese readings plus a second class to be determined. The candidate would also be asked to contribute to department programs by planning events related to their expertise, such as film showings and visiting speakers.

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant field, specialization in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and cinema, and high-level Japanese language ability. Salary is based on UC salary scales and depends on qualifications. To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research, a statement of teaching experience, and arrange for three letters of recommendation sent to UC Recruit . The position will remain open until filled, but complete applications received by May 13, 2019 will receive full review.

The Department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate to the position. Inquiries may be directed to Katherine Saltzman-Li, Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, at For more information on the department, please visit our website at:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ===To apply please visit  -  === Updates:

Emory University (GA) - Lecturer in Japanese[]

The Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures (REALC) at Emory University in Atlanta, GA seeks a full-time lecturer in Japanese language and culture to begin Fall 2019. This is a three-year renewable position pending positive reviews. It is a professional career track position with possibility of promotion. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Japanese pedagogy, linguistics, or a closely related area (ABD and in rare cases MA will be considered) and possess native or near-native proficiency in Japanese and English in addition to successful college teaching experience. Familiarity with new technologies in teaching and with methods of assessment are desirable. Teaching load is 5 courses per academic year. The candidate will be expected to teach courses in Japanese language and culture based on his or her qualifications and to take a leadership role in program development. Scholarly exchange is promoted among faculty in our department, which includes the programs in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian. We also collaborate with the East Asian Studies Program and a range of other programs.

Emory is committed to building an inclusive and culturally diverse educational environment. Please send letter of application, CV, statement of teaching and mentoring students of diverse backgrounds, and three letters of recommendation to

Questions can be addressed to Dr. Julia Bullock, Chair of REALC, at

Review of applications will begin on October 15. Applications received up to 30 days after review begins will be given full consideration. Emory is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.


Grinnell College (IA) - Assistant Professor of Japanese (3-year term)[]

GRINNELL COLLEGE. The Department of Chinese and Japanese invites applications for a three-year appointment in Japanese beginning Fall 2019. Assistant Professor (Ph.D.) preferred; Instructor (ABD) or Associate Professor possible. Research and teaching interests might include, but are not limited to: Japanese Language at all levels, Japanese Literature and Culture, Japanese Linguistics, Japanese Pedagogy, or Second Language Acquisition.

Grinnell College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with a strong tradition of social responsibility. In letters of application, candidates should discuss their potential to contribute to a college community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by October 20, 2018. Please visit our application website at to find more details about the job and submit applications online. Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (copies are acceptable), a sample of scholarly writing, and provide email addresses for three references. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Professor Mariko Schimmel, at [], 641-269-3272 or 641-269-3141.


Skype interviews begin 11/29

Princeton University (USA:NJ) - Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Fung Global Fellows[]

  • Princeton University is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Fung Global Fellows Program at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). Each year the program selects six scholars from around the world to be in residence at Princeton for an academic year and to engage in research and discussion around a common theme. Candidates will be considered in three categories: (1) Four of the fellowships will be awarded to early-career scholars employed in the equivalent of tenure-track positions who are expected to return to their position. (2) One fellowship is set aside for a postdoctoral research associate who at the time of application does not have a tenure-track faculty appointment. (3) In addition, one fellowship will be awarded to a senior scholar. All candidates must be based outside the United States.
  • During the academic year 2019-20, the Fung Global Fellows Program theme will be “Thinking Globally.” How people have thought about the planet has informed the institutions, norms, and policies that have pulled it together and torn it apart. For centuries, ideas of free trade, human rights or global governance have framed cooperation and competition, order and disorder. Such ideas have also spawned border-crossing movements, from campaigns to end slavery to commitments to reduce carbon emissions. In turn, global thinking and action have often reinforced commitments to national ideas and efforts to curb global exchange. The goal of this research theme is to explore how ideas framed the understanding of interests and the making of institutions that have yielded commonness and conflict across and within borders. We also want to understand how these ideas and practices came into being through scientific networks, foundations, and think tanks. The Program will also examine rival world ideas that have challenged prevailing orthodoxies. Nowadays, with cooperative norms under challenge, global institutions under stress, and a century of guiding ideas about global convergence in doubt, we want to take a broad look at where these ideas came from, their effects, and the prospects for intellectual renewal or rethinking. The goal of the 2019-20 Fung Global Fellows cohort will be to explore the ways people learned to rely on or to reject strangers far away, as well as to imagine how global relationships came to be and could be different. We welcome applicants from all disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields from the sciences to the humanities whose work addresses this set of themes in any historical period or world region.
  • All candidates must reside outside the United States. To be eligible, postdoctoral applicants must have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. before August 1, 2019 but cannot have received their degrees more than three years prior to the start of the appointment on September 1, 2019. Early-career fellows must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent no earlier than September 1, 2009. Senior scholars, who have received their doctorates before 2009, must have faculty appointments and a record of scholarly accomplishment in the designated theme of the program. Fellowships will be awarded on the strength of a candidate’s proposed research project, the relationship of the project to the program theme, the candidate’s scholarly record, and the ability to contribute to the intellectual life of the program.
  • Applications are due on November 9, 2018.


University of Washington (WA) - Full-time Lecturer in Japanese[]

  • The Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington seeks to appoint a full-time Lecturer in Japanese. The initial appointment, starting Autumn Quarter 2019, is for three years, with the possibility of renewal.  The successful applicant will be expected to teach Japanese language at all levels, to develop curricula and teaching materials, to team-teach, and to train and supervise teaching assistants. The University of Washington has a large and vibrant Japanese language program, including a Japanese major and minor. Faculty members engage in teaching, research, and service; lecturers are voting members of the faculty and have a career path that includes the ranks of lecturer, senior lecturer and principal lecturer. This position is non-tenure-track and has a 9 month (September 16th – June 15th) service period.
  • Applicants must have at least an M.A. degree, or foreign equivalent, in Japanese, foreign language teaching, or another relevant area. Native or near-native proficiency in Japanese, English fluency, and at least one year of experience teaching at the college or university level are required.
  • Priority will be given to complete applications received before December 15, 2018. 
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